#1 EGO. You can't handle the fact that some women may be able to put up more weight than you (probably shouldn't have skipped leg day, bruh). Or you think your form is perfect (you just have bad knees!) and no coach-with air quotations-is going to tell you otherwise. Dude. A big ego = uncoachable. Do yourself (and every box) a favor and drop the act. Be willing to slow down to learn the movements correctly, even if it means dropping weight temporarily. In the end, you will be able to produce heavier reps than ever (AND impress the ladies with more than just your glamour muscles)....how's that for an ego rub?
#2. YOU WON'T GIVE THE COMMUNITY A CHANCE. Whether it's because you have to"get in and get out", or maybe you keep everyone at a distance on purpose...you're doing yourself a huge disservice. The reason so many people do so well with CrossFit, is largely due to the family-like community it creates. Like-minded people suffering through grueling workouts together forms some serious bonds. This is where we are unique from other gyms. The very people you compete with are the same ones cheering you on, encouraging you to get that last rep, making sure you are not alone even if you're finishing last. Once you are inside this circle, you are missed when you don't make it to class, you are praised when you PR, you are celebrated when you accomplish new movements. These people keep you coming back time after time. But let it be known, that if you tend to be more of the type #1 above, do us all a favor and join the gym down the street.
#3. YOU DON'T WANT TO WORK THAT HARD. Maybe you think drinking shakes and lifting 5lb weights will make you skinny. You might also expect results to happen over-night. Or you 'just need to lose that muffin top' (argh! spot reduction is only possible with liposuction, people!) It could be that you simply don't like feeling sore. Whatever your reason for being lazy, bottom line is you will stay as you are until you are willing to put in some hard work. CrossFit will not only show you how strong you are physically, but mentally as well. Only those who do well with the latter, will do well overall.
#4. YOU DON'T WANT MUSCLES.
So, this one is mainly for the ladies because I have yet to meet a guy who wouldn't want muscles!
So.....maybe you prefer the "thigh gap" look, or the so-bony-i-can-barely-walk-to-the-fridge look. "Model" material needs to be seriously reevaluated....but that's another blog post! CrossFit will not make you "skinny", if the above descriptions are anywhere in your thought process. In fact, here at CFP, we ask what your goals are upon signing up...and scrutinize your motivation if you even utter the words 'thigh gap' or 'I just want to tone up' (again...another blog post), because we know you are in for a rude awakening. We celebrate thick thighs! Those legs can put up some serious weight and will carry us strongly throughout the rest of our lives. Also, here's a news flash for you: if you want 'toned' arms, you're going to have to build some (AHEM) muscle! TONING IS MUSCLE BUILDING!
Don't even get me started on the words "bulky" or "manly"......I'm going cross-eyed from the stupidity.
#5. IT'S EXPENSIVE. If we're putting a price on your health, then let's include what it costs to be sick. Days off work, office visit co-pays, medical bills, medicine costs. Not to mention the emotional side effects of being unhealthy, so let's add in therapy sessions, antidepressant medication costs, and all the long lasting (sometimes unforeseen) side effects of said medicine you may deal with down the road. It's a cycle. So, with all that in mind, spending on average $5-$20/class gets you a coach who will teach you proper technique so you don't injure yourself, helps you determine when to up or drop weight, keeps track of your goals, and will even coach you through changing your diet so you get the best results possible. You also get a community of people doing the same thing, who have all started where you are, and who inspire and motivate you to keep going, to keep showing up. Who all go through the same pain and soreness each and every workout with you. Yeah, sounds like a pretty good deal, if you ask me....but I'm already hooked.
So, is your complacency worth more than your health?
Bottom line...... you're content with the way things are, CrossFit is definitely NOT for you.